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How have you consulted the community about this project?

Over the last two years the project team have conducted a wide range of community consultations, which showed a strong need and support for the redevelopment of the existing playground and development of new play areas.

Feedback from this research showed that the existing playground lacked creative play experiences, were not inclusive for those with disabilities, were not multi-purpose and that the community strongly desired these traits in a play area.

Ngāti Te Whiti hapu are supportive of the playground and as project partner are collaborating on all aspects of the design and execution to fully incorporate the cultural narrative.

In addition, the redevelopment of the playground has the support of the New Plymouth District Council, Toi Foundation, NZCT, Sport Taranaki, Venture Taranaki and The Halberg Foundation.